"And though tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

McCain Skips Out on DREAM Act Vote; Possibly to Save Face in His Hopeless Campaign?

As expected, the covert new old DREAM Act bill was put to a quick vote around lunchtime today. The vote was to move it forward, and it failed by votes of 52-44, amusingly enough after bill sponsor Dick Durbin had the last word before vote, going on a little ignorant spiel about "these are kids and we're doing this for the children." Afterwards [the vote], and not all that surprising, Harry Reid got up on his little podium and explained that he was discussing with the Republicans on what to do next. So this is far from over, and I mean before the Senate adjourns for the year; the nightmare doesn't stop here by any means.

But anyway, what was odd today was that mister immigration flip-flopper himself wasn't there, presidential candidate John McCain. Why would he miss out on a vote on one of the hottest issues? It looks like if you consider yourself a legitimate candidate that you wouldn't allow yourself to miss a vote such as this, standing up for the very issue that you've been being ridiculed on since you began. Have fun answering those questions on the campaign trail, John.

McCain's campaign offered no explanation for why he sat out the vote.

"Sen. McCain had to catch a flight to Iowa right after the Southwick vote," the spokesman said in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. "I'm sure he'll address the issue in more detail in Iowa."

McCain's campaign announced yesterday that he was skipping "his New Hampshire events scheduled for tomorrow, October 24th, to return to Washington to vote on the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit."

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